Deputy Director of Operations

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreations
Richmond, Virginia
Job Type
Negotiable to $155,000


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The DCR Senior Leadership Team is seeking an experienced, director-level management professional to provide leadership, management, and direct personnel supervision for the agency Divisions of State Parks, Natural Heritage, Planning and Recreation Resources, Design and Construction, and Land Conservation; all in support of the Agency’s mission and strategic plan.  This position reports to the Agency Director and works collaboratively with other Deputy Directors for effective management of the agency—providing executive-level support for high profile issues by actively anticipating and resolving problems, setting Division management policy, promoting agency programs and initiatives, developing and disseminating statewide communications as they relate to division-related matters.

The Deputy Director for Operations manages complex organizational units which are located both centrally in Richmond and in outlying geographic areas. This position is also responsible for developing and implementing programmatic initiatives, collaboratively managing Division budgets and finances with Division Directors, and representing the agency on division-related legislative matters. Responsibilities also include expanding public awareness of DCR programs and capitalizing on opportunities to maximize benefits and minimize risks to the public and the environment as it relates to both natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates will highlight in their applications and/or resumes:

Extensive professional experience that showcases progressive levels of responsibility and increasing levels of leadership, management, and supervision; ultimately demonstrating ability to lead complex programs, operations, and services related to parks and outdoor recreation, recreation planning, biodiversity and natural area conservation, land acquisition and real property management, land conservation and grant programs, policy, and legislative activities.

In-depth knowledge and experience with navigating the workings of state government and the legislative process; including policy development, interpretation, and administration.

Demonstrated record of success working and partnering with a wide range of diverse organizations and agencies in natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation.

Demonstrated ability to effectively lead, guide, develop, and manage program goals and staff; including skills in analyzing, negotiating, and resolving problems; managing multiple priorities; proactively addressing personnel issues for a large professional, technical, and administrative staff; and making defensible administrative decisions.

Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills—demonstrating ability to manage high level contacts with federal, state, and local officials; and develop/deliver communications effectively to all internal and external stakeholders.

Extensive experience planning, developing, and administering budgets—providing financial oversight of programs, and making strategic, fiscally-sound financial decisions.

Skills in using computer software applications to manage program activities, develop reports, and analyze program effectiveness.

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university with major study in natural resource management, land use planning, public administration, natural or physical science, or related field. Alternatively, an equivalent combination of training & experience indicating possession of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be substituted.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced degree from an accredited college/university with major study in natural resource management, land use planning, public administration, natural or physical science, or related field.

Special Requirements

Some overnight and statewide travel will be required.

Successful completion of a background check and completion of a Statement of Economic Interest is required.

Must possess a valid driver’s license to drive to job related activities or have reliable transportation to get to job related activities.

Special Instructions to Applicants

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. Applicants are expected to fully represent qualifications and work history on the State application. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide detailed information. Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may impact your interview eligibility. This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position. The DCR is an E-Verify Employer.

DCR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will be afforded equal opportunities without regard for race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability.

Reasonable accommodations are available to applicants with disabilities, if requested, during the application and/or interview process.
If accommodations are needed with the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 804-786-7964.
Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Employee Benefits

This position comes with full state health and retirement benefits.

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